St. Michael

A Redemptorist Brothers and Priests Roman Catholic Parish Chicago, IL
St. Michael
St. Michael

Who We Are

St. Michael's began in 1852 with a wooden 40 x 60 structure. Immigrants in the area at the time were of a Bavarian/ German heritage. In 1869 they built a magnificent new structure to house the large congregation. In 1871 the Chicago Fire came through and destroyed all but three exterior walls. In two years, September 1873 for the feast of St. Michael they opened their newly constructed church. Through the years St. Michael and it's clock tower have stood in Old Town as a visual beacon to all, its bells a reminder to everyone of the church's presence in the neighborhood.

About Us

Traditional Liturgy

Community Service, Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Choir, Yoga/Meditation, Adult Education, Faith and Work

Organ, Traditional Hymns, Contemporary






1633 N Cleveland Ave
Chicago, IL 60614-5685

(312) 642-2498


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Our Services

What are services like?
The 5:30 Saturday evening mass is traditional music accompanied by the grand piano in our sanctuary and a cantor to lead. The 9:00 Sunday morning mass is traditional music accompanied by the grand piano in our sanctuary and a cantor to lead. The 11:00 Sunday morning mass is a more formal mass musically with the use of our Kilgen organ and choir. Lastly, the 7:00 Sunday evening mass is our contemporary music mass.

What is the community like?
Our community of parishioners is a diverse group of young and old, newcomers to the area and those who have resided in this are for many years. Our community of young parents is growing and their involvement in the many events here at St. Michael has brought a new vitality and spirit to the parish. With the arrival or our new pastor, Fr. Tom Santa, St. Michael's Church has enjoyed new carpeting in the sanctuary and center aisle, flooring in the side aisles and back of church with a mosaic as you enter. New carpeting was put in the sacristy also. The Ancilla Domini Chapel has new carpeting along with paint and a mosaic of St. Michael. We are truly a beautiful, historic landmark site worth visiting and once you come into our church you will want to keep coming back.

What if I'm not a Christian?
We welcome people of all faiths to join in our Masses and have programs for anyone interested in just learning more about Catholicism and also those interested in becoming Catholic.

Leadership View all

Fr. Thomas M. Santa, C.Ss.R.

Fr. Thomas M. Santa, C.Ss.R.

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Thomas M. Santa was professed as a Redemptorist in 1973 and ordained a priest in June of 1978. A graduate of Holy Redeemer College (Waterford, Wisconsin) and the State University of New York (Mount Saint Alphonsus). From 1999 through August, 2011 he was the Director of the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona positioning the Center as an acknowledged leader in the ministry of spiritual renewal. Prior to coming to the RRC he was a theology teacher at St. Joseph’s Preparatory College, Edgerton, Wisconsin (1979-1980), and at St. Henry's Seminary, Belleville, Illinois (1980-1983); Associate Director/Director of Villa Christi Retreat Center, Wichita, Kansas (1983-1990), Founder/Director of the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas (1990-1992); and President/Publisher of Liguori Publications, Liguori, Missouri (1992-1999). His present assignment (2011-) is St. Michael Parish in Old Town Chicago where he serves as both Pastor and as the Rector of the Redemptorist community

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